The Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Council for Voluntary Service and Action Limited



Date:  1st June 2020

                             Issue: 47


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19, the Links Board of Directors has made the decision to temporarily close the office until further notice in order to minimise any potential risk to our staff and VCS group representatives in support of the official attempt to slow down the pandemic. If there are any changes, we will keep you informed.

Please note that the staff will be working from home and can be contacted on the details below during our usual office hours 10:00am-4:00pm Monday to Friday. Our email address will still be monitored as normal.

Sandra Pink (Advice & Project Manager) – Email: Mobile: 07889 726846.
Jon Wynn (Administration & Information Worker) – Email: Mobile: 07493 209255
Martin Conlan (ICT Support Worker) – Email:
Sushri Wells (Freelance BME Engagement Co-ordinator) – Email: Mobile: 07876 617050 (For BME Engagement Forum Enquiries)
James Lee (Chief Executive) – Email:

We will keep you updated as we receive more information.

Help Needed in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire Survey

We know about the community groups that operate and the good work that you all do.  Sadly, we understand that many of you have had to close down due to the Coronavirus crisis.

We are now mapping the help that is available in your residential area. 

However, there are still people needing help, mainly for shopping, collecting prescriptions, someone to talk to; and they could be your neighbours. 

Are you doing this in your local area or do you know of any people who have got together and are offering neighbourly support to people in need?

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey so that you can be added to the list of help in Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire.

Link to survey here -

Chesterfield COVID-19 support directory

Comprehensive directory providing details such as:

  • national and local resources
  • support on how to stay active as well as health and wellbeing information
  • where to get home food deliveries as well as emergency food provision
  • personal and business financial support and guidance
  • resources for children and parents

The directory can be accessed here -

Please use the contact link at the top of the page to suggest corrections or contributions to the information in the directory, making sure you select ‘other.’


Included in this bulletin:

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Macmillan Cancer Support

Derbyshire Libraries eNewsletter - June 2020

Transition Chesterfield

First Steps

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire energy advice line

Training Opportunities

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Warmer Derby & Derbyshire energy advice line

The ‘Warmer Derby & Derbyshire’ energy helpline 0800 677 1332, supported by DCC and Derby City council, provides free impartial energy bills/tariffs/efficiency advice through the Covid-19 crisis.

We’d very much like to let people know we’re still available – especially as many will be worrying about higher bills given so many of us are stuck in the house. It’s harder than ever to get through to energy companies, prepay customers will be anxious about going out to top-up, while many more people find themselves on reduced incomes and Universal Credit.

In summary we can :

  1. 3-way phone call negotiations with energy companies and customers
  2. Phone /video-call support & advice as appropriate
  3. Postal delivery – info leaflets, small measures (LED bulbs, insulation tape etc) , thermometers
  4. Crisis fund  - for top ups, warming devices, other costs where people are desperate (some verification by referral agent or other advocate may be required)
  5. Take details for post-Covid referral for loft & cavity-wall insulation etc if wanted
  6. Referral for emergency central heating (ECHO) – getting broken systems fixed/replaced

Call 0800 677 1332

Find us on Facebook: Warmer Derby & Derbyshire

Twitter @WarmerDerbys


Please click link below to view flyer

Warmer Derby & Derbyshire Flyer

Training Opportunities

Online training opportunities below for people working with young people.

Please contact these sources directly if you require further information.


The training will consist of live webinars delivered by StreetGames staff along with the opportunity to enrol on an independent learning programme that can be completed in bite size chunks and at your own pace. 

Please see below for further information regarding each of the webinars & online learning programme available.

If you or anybody else would like to participate in any of the below then please click on the relevant registration link and insert your details.

Once you’ve completed the registration form then you will be sent an email with further information regarding accessing the training. 


Mental Health Conversations during Covid Webinar:

This live 1.5-hour Mental Health live webinar aims to give an overview of how the current pandemic is impacting on young people’s mental health and wellbeing. We will give top tips and ways in which to start a conversation about mental health with a young person, if you feel you need to, and show some practical examples of how you might respond to common challenges of the moment. We will also look at what you might be able to keep an eye out for, even remotely, if a young person is struggling with their mental health and provide you with some safe and reliable places that you can signpost them too if you or they feel that further support or advice is needed.

Thursday 4th June, 10.00am – 11.30am:

                                 Tuesday 9th June, 1.00pm – 2.30pm:

Saturday 20th June, 9.00am – 10.30am:


The 5 Ways to Wellbeing Webinar: 

This live 1.5-hour webinar is a great opportunity for you to spend a bit of time thinking about your wellbeing and the wellbeing of young people you work with during these very challenging times. The session will be based on the 5-ways to wellbeing and how we can make small changes in our lifestyles to look after ourselves and each other. Come prepared to get involved in some fun, light-hearted activities that may be useful to use try out with other colleagues, youth groups and partners you are working with.


Tuesday 2nd June, 1.00pm – 2.30pm:

                                   Thursday 11th June, 6.00pm – 7.30pm:

                               Wednesday 17th June, 10.00am – 11.30am:

Saturday 27th June, 9.00am – 10.30am:


Independent Learning – this learning can be done at the learners own pace, at a time suitable to them by accessing our online Moodle platform:


European Youth Health Champions:

This 6 module, interactive e-learning course is aimed at those who wish to develop the skills needed to support their peers to make healthy lifestyle choices. Developed by and for young people, this course can be utilised by anyone interested in supporting others.

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No. 1 Rose Hill East
Chesterfield, S40 1NU

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